Before you can LOVE Golf, you need to know a little about it. The hardest part can be getting started. Golf can seem complicated to the uninitiated. There are the rules, different kinds of clubs, and then there's the lingo: birdies, bogeys, bump-and-runs. It’s enough to scare prospective golfers off before they even pick up a club.
When do you know you’re ready for the golf course? What kind of clubs do you need? How do you practice? Questions, questions, questions. Let’s start at the beginning….
A couple of tips to remember:
- When someone else is playing a shot, make sure you are still and quiet – that cellphone should be in your bag, unless of course you are on the LPGA App watching how Lydia is going in the US!
- Try to play as quickly as possible – there are heaps of things that you can do to speed up play like, only take one practice swing, be ready to hit when it’s your turn or if the person who’s turn it is to play isn’t ready feel free to play and walk as quickly as possible to your ball.
- If you’re not having a great hole and not going to register a score or stableford point – just pick your ball up and head to the next hole.
- A good way to monitor your pace of play is to always remain a half hole behind the group in front of you.
- It's hard work to make a golf course look as good as it does. Do your part to take care of it. If you take a divot you should either replace it by carefully placing it in the spot and then firmly pressing down on it with your foot, or filling the hole with some seed mix.
- If a player is in a bunker, stay alert and stand well off to the side. Those shots come out fast and can go anywhere. And make sure you rake the bunker after you hit out of one. The sand is hard enough without having to contend with someone's footprint.
- Don’t move your ball under any circumstance. Play it as it lies. If your shot lands in another fairway, you can play the ball as it lies as long as that fairway is not designated as out of bounds and you don't interfere with players on that particular hole.
- If you hit a shot out-of-bounds don’t try and play it from where it lands. Replay the shot from as close as possible to where you just hit and add a stroke penalty to your score.
- When you’re starting out, don’t worry about the Rules too much. After your round, review the various situations you found yourself in and determine how the rules would’ve applied, so next time, you’ll know what to do.